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Police Chief: Betty Shelby’s Job As Officer Could Be In Jeopardy

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

The Tulsa police department is currently evaluating whether or not to keep Betty Shelby, the officer who was cleared of manslaughter charges in the fatal shooting of a black man.

“I know there are going to be questions about Officer Shelby’s employment. That is being analyzed right now as we speak by city human resources as well as police human resources and the legal department,” Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said at a Thursday press conference. “There should be some result of that coming out in the very near future.”

A jury cleared Shelby of first degree manslaughter charges Wednesday night in the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man. Shelby maintained she shot Crutcher, who had PCP in his system at the time of his death, out of fear for her safety. (RELATED: Tulsa Cop Flees Courthouse After Being Declared Not Guilty In Shooting [VIDEO])

Jordan also promised that the police would protect people’s right to protest against the verdict.

“We’re prepared for anything,” Jordan said. “What we’re expecting is actually what we got last night: peaceful protests.”

Shelby is “elated” at the ruling and hopes to move on past the event.

“She’s ready to get back to her life,” defense attorney Shannon McMurray said.

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